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For the first time in more than 16 years, Leeds United and Manchester United will go head-to-head in the Premier League.
It feels like an eternity since they last met, but here we are, possibly featured with the weekend’s match.
On the blackboard
One thing’s for sure when Leeds play United this weekend, it will be an exciting, lung-busting game of football.
Bielsa’s teams always take the game to their rivals and that has been no different against the best teams this season.
They scored three goals at Anfield and nearly defeated Arsenal, drawing 0-0 at Elland Road. Leeds also held Manchester City to a draw at home, but they would love nothing more than to beat Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on Sunday.
Predictions for Man Utd vs Leeds?
Manchester United win
Leeds Utd win
So who will be the key to victory? The likes of Patrick Bamford and Jack Harrison will have a lot to say, but the bottom line could depend on who teams can get off the bench.
Pablo Hernández has been a shadow of his old self this season and the £ 19k a week The magician has started only twice for Bielsa.
However, Leeds’ multiple player of the year simply has to unleash himself at United, either as a starter or as a replacement.
The whole conversation has been about Rodrigo this season and with good reason: it’s the club signing of records. That said, Hernandez’s older statesman still has a huge role to play on Leeds’s side.
He was absolutely phenomenal in an eight minute cameo against Newcastle in the middle of the week. The Spaniard was at the top of his game and showed what he can do in such a short time.
This was the Hernandez of yesteryear, and for quote Phil Hay, he was playing like the “demon” we all know he can be.
Of course, the 35-year-old’s best days are behind him, but against a United defense that is far from solid, he could be the key to opening the door.
Even if Hernandez is hired as a replacement, he has all the ingredients to upset Leeds’ fierce rivals.
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